The Day the Earth Stood Still – the original – was made at a critical point in Earth’s history.
Humans had split the atom, but hadn’t gone into space.
What a wonderful combination of terror and optimism. We saw the potential for complete destruction, yet I think there was really a sense of incredible potential then. People could almost taste space travel. And really, isn’t there a hint of pride that other civilizations could actually perceive us as a threat?
Today, I think we feel the threat, but not the sort of hope the early 1950s had. I don’t think we think of ourselves going into space, expanding ever out, they way we did then. Space travel has proved difficult.
It’ll be very interesting to see what zeitgeist the remake opening today tries to tap into.